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Contra: My Manly, Testosterone-laden Journey to Conquer the Legendary Series

Ever since I was very little, I've played Contra. In fact, Contra III: The Alien Wars was one of my first games. I played it with my brother nonstop. He and I eventually got to a point where we could beat it on normal together. But, the years passed, and Contra took a hiatus. The hiatus was long enough for me to sadly relegate the series to the back of my mind, where for about fourteen years, I borderline forgot about it.

Then, on one fateful day in early 2007, I was on GameFAQs.com, when I saw an advertisement for the new game, Contra 4. I was suddenly blown over by a rush of nostalgia and remembered my love of this game. I vowed that it would be mine the second it hit shelves. That day came, and I got it. I played it 'til my fingers were stiff. The more I played, the more I remembered my old love for Contra. It finally came time for me to take on Hard mode. After many trials and tribulations, I succeeded in conquering hard mode without losing a single continue.

It was right about then that I went to announce my success on GameFAQs. I announced my accomplishment, and no one believed me. Why? Apparently no one there had yet been able to beat Contra 4's hard mode. It was that hard apparently, let alone without continuation. This led me to believe I must've been pretty decent at it. The very same day, I browsed the Wii virtual console shop, and happened upon Super C and Contra III. Overwhelmed with excitement, I bought the two almost immediately. I played them more than I can recall. It got to a point where I could go through Super C without dying once. So I decided to record a video of myself running through it without dying. I succeeded.

With this confidence, I attempted the same with Contra III on hard mode. It took a while of training, but it finally paid off after 150+ attempts when I completed it. I felt unstoppable. Ever since all of this, I've renewed my love of Contra, and have become, dare I say, one of the biggest fans of the series. It was also then that I decided to undertake the task of getting my hands on every Contra ever made, and performing a no-death run of it. What you will see in the following, is my progress thus far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzsgwaWjIP8 - Contra (Arcade)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6oyJ1SZZdY - Super Contra (Arcade)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl2x8zr4t8E - Super C (1 of 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhNjBLZci1I - Super C (2 of 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrmp9g1jDr8 - Contra III (1 of 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85NLlmYik5E - Contra III (2 of 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPYV9uAv13c - Contra: Shattered Soldier - S Ranks (To avoid congesting the blog, I'll just post the first video, as there are seven total. You can find the rest on my Youtube page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiWQ0xFSf8k - Neo Contra - S Ranks (Same as Shattered Soldier. Seven videos in total; find the rest on my page)

Next up on my list of Contras to no-death are Operation C for Gameboy, and the NES version of Contra.

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